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07-19-2004, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by operasen
Vermette should be given a shot at his natural centre position. I'd love to see Spezza, Vermette, Fisher and (White) as our 4, barring a trade, which does not have to happen until someone we want is available. V has as much upside as Spezza, just not the same hype.
Agreed. I wouldn't be half surprised if Mucks doesn't add another player if Bondra doesn't sign.

Mucks will NOT get into bidding wars. Unlike JFJr, he'll work with the owners to get a fair CBA in place. If Weimer, Bondra, Damphousse, Zhits, etc, want to play for Ottawa, they'll do it to win a Cup. These guys aren't hurting financially. Muck's message will be clear: Here's what's expected and here's the offer. Period.

Anyone of these guys are role players. They're not saviours. Its your best players - Alfie, Hossa, Havlat, Spezza, Chara, Redden, Hasek, etc. who have to step it up.

Tampa didn't win the cup because of Tim Taylor's grit. Yes, he was very good. But it was the talented guys Richards, Lecavalier, St.Louis, Boyle, and Khabibulin who stepped it up to the next level. When they did, Tampa couldn't lose.

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